Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.
The Emergency Medical Grant of $1,000 was used toward the cost of amputating the right front leg of a great Pyrenees puppy, Olive. She had been struck by a car and permanent nerve damage occurred, requiring surgery.
The receipt of the grant assisted with the almost $1,700 vet bill to complete this successful surgery for Olive.
Olive, an 8-month-old great Pyrenees puppy, was the dog who received this grant for her surgery. She was an owner-surrender to our local animal shelter, and we quickly transferred her into our care. She was surrendered because the owner could not afford the vet costs to amputate her front leg. Olive had been hit by a car and suffered nerve damage to her right front leg (her diagnosis was brachial plexus avulsion — injury to nerves from traumatic injury). She was dragging her front leg, causing a sore on the top of her foot. Olive had the surgery to remove her leg and recovered well. She was adopted a few weeks after the surgery by a family in Louisa, VA.
As toys for the dogs in rescue
It provided them something to play with and stimulate their brains.
In the short amount of time we have had them, only four, but they will continue to help many more in the future.
Goldie was a very hyper and destructive cavapoo. She was given a Kong Classic with peanut butter inside and all her spare time was spent working on that toy. She became more focused on it than on destroying items in the home. She was adopted.
The KONG toys that were awarded to us were used in a KONG enrichment program that we created for our foster dogs.
This grant helped multiple dogs in our care who needed additional types of enrichment to help stimulate them mentally and keep them busy in their foster homes.
Clarabella (first photo) came to us from Animal Care Centers of NYC. She had a fractured femur upon intake at the shelter and, when we sent her to our surgeon in Brooklyn, it was determined that she needed to have her leg amputated. Due to her amputation, she was on crate rest while she healed and was unable to be as active as she would have liked. The KONG enrichment program that we built was able to help keep her mind busy so that she didn’t get bored, even though she was lacking physical exercise. Clarabella was adopted and at the time of adoption she was sent home with a KONG toy. This toy helped transition her into her new home. It was an item she was familiar with and a great way to help her adjust and keep her occupied while transitioning with her new family.
Enrichment for our rescue dogs
Our dogs spend several hours a day in kennels at the rescue, and the KONG grant helped keep them happy and busy. We fill the Kongs with peanut butter; our dogs love the treat and it’s a fun way for them to pass the time.
Enrichment plays a very important role at our rescue with the homeless dogs. Hunter (first photos) and Ghost (second photo) are still looking for their forever homes and have pretty high anxiety, so the stuffed Kongs help them take their minds off of their stress by giving them a treat filled with goodies to keep them happy.
The Kong toys allow our dogs and puppies to be able to play, to just be dogs, and to have fun, other than just going out for a walk or a run in the big pen.
The babies loved the Kongs. They were playing like pups again, plus they could not just chew up the hard toys. They ran, they played, they threw them in the air. They really enjoyed them.
One is Ginger, a red heeler mix (pictured with Diego, a cattle-dog mix puppy). She has been at our rescue the longest. She is our mother hen when puppies come in; she watches over the mobile home on-site. As of today, March 15, 2019, we heard she may have an adopter. They are coming this weekend and fell in love with her on the Petfinder site. Meet Ginger here.
To help with one of our dogs needing eye surgery.
It provided the needed treatment for the dog.
Truvy was born with her eyelashes growing into her eye (entropion). It was very painful for her. The surgery fixed the issue and now she is in a new home and very happy! From her Petfinder profile: “Truvy is a sweet, loving girl. Truvy was rescued from the shelter with a painful eye disorder. She has Shar Pei in her, so her eyelids were rolling in on themselves, causing irritation and swelling. She has had corrective surgery and can now see perfectly! She has really blossomed since surgery; before, her eyesight was extremely limited.”
We received $200 that went to offset the cost of adoption for three senior dachshunds who all had medical care paid for by Lazy Dog Rescue.
Our grant outreach and fundraising help to keep adoption fees low so that Lazy Dog Rescue does not need to pass the cost of medical care on to our adopters. We often pull senior dogs whom the shelters deem unadoptable solely due to the major dental they need. Although this is a large expense, Lazy Dog Rescue believes these senior dogs have many years to bring joy and enjoy life.
Lazy Dog Rescue pulled three dogs at about the same time in January 2019, but this grant mainly helped Penny. When Animal Friends of the Valley got Penny as a stray, she was not spayed, had terrible breath and tumors on her belly. They reached out to Lazy Dog Rescue to see if we could take her and pay for the medical to get her healthy enough to be adopted. Penny is so sweet and loving that Lazy Dog Rescue was happy to help her feel better and find a loving home. After all her medical procedures were completed and she was healed, she was approved to be adopted by a couple with a cat. Since we didn’t know how she would be with a cat, the couple wanted to foster her until they were sure about their compatibility. After a few weeks it was clear that Penny loved her new people — and the cat. This grant made it possible for Lazy Dog Rescue to offset the expense of her medical costs so that the adoption was successful.
This grant was awarded for Webster. He came in emaciated, with an older injury to his right front leg. He had to undergo a very expensive plating surgery once he was done growing, as he was a pup when he arrived here and, due to the location and extent of his injury (which was along growth plates), we had to wait.
This grant made it possible for Webster to receive the surgery he needed to no longer hurt and be a “normal” bionic dog!
Webster came in emaciated after being forgotten. He had been living in an outdoor run on a farm with weeds taller than the 6-ft. fencing he was in. A friend and her boyfriend happened upon him and immediately called us to help him. He was so malnourished that he was walking on his knees and elbows, but he also had a very bad injury to his right front leg that needed some advanced surgery to replace a portion of it once he was full grown. Webster got his surgery and was adopted not long afterwards, and we still see him occasionally.
Amputation of an injured leg
Without the grant, the amputation would not have been possible.
Ike came into the shelter one of several in a liter suffering from Parvo. He was the only one to survive, but he still had a struggle. He was missing the lower half of his left back leg. The leg was an open wound because it would drag on the floor every time he tried to walk. Having half a leg missing also threw off Ike’s balance when he tried to walk, so he would often fall and stumble. Our veterinarian recommend he have the leg completely amputated. We are a small, rural shelter and did not have the extra funds to pay for the surgery. If not for the Petfinder Foundation grant, Ike would have continued to suffer.
In early December, Ike had a successful surgery. He recovered very quickly and is now able to run and play without an open wound and without falling. In fact, you would never even know he was missing a limb.
Ike found his forever home in January. He his healthy and happy, and living his best life. He has a family who loves him and a fur sibling too!
The Kong toy donations have been used for enrichment for all of our medical cases.
Receiving the Kong toys has kept our medical cases enriched and happy, and it has saved the organization money that can be used for their veterinary costs.
Riddick is a 7-month-old husky who was abandoned after being struck by a car. He has been through two surgeries so far to repair both back legs. He will be up for adoption after he is fully healed.